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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 12:00 am

By PALLAVI AGARWAL

Valley Morning Star

Two months after imposing mandatory water conservation restrictions on its

customers, East Rio Hondo Water Supply Corp. is returning to voluntary

conservation.

Water Plant Manager Brian Macmanus said the three trigger levels that set off

Stage 2 and 3 of the ordinance no longer exist.

The biggest difference has been the rain, he said. People dont need to

water their yards (which saves water).

Demands for water usage made to the supply company that covers most of eastern

Cameron County have fallen by almost one-third of pre-Stage 3 levels to an

average of 2 million gallons a day, he said.

With the end of the drought ordinance, special water rates will no longer

apply, he said.

Users whose billing period runs from the 16th to the 15th of every month will

be charged regular rates for the July bill.

Other users, whose billing period covers the ninth to the eight of every

month, will see the rate reduction in August. The company services more than

5,000 users.

Applaud-ing the recent rainfall was Watermas-ter Carlos Rubinstein, but he

warned that the euphoria could be short-lived.

Rubinstein said Falcon Dam along the Rio Grande received 7 to 9 inches of rain

Monday night. Levels at Amistad Dam, which serves as the security backup to

Falcon, have been constant.

The percentage of U.S. water ownership at Falcon Dam rose from 23.4 percent on

June 22 to 25.4 percent at its reading July 6.

Rubinstein said he expects the dams water levels to continue to rise with

heavy rains near Laredo flowing into the Columbia River.

But were not out of danger yet, he said. We are getting rain today. Thats

what it means.

He recommended cities that have imposed mandatory water restrictions wait for

a couple of weeks before easing them.

And next years water projections still look bleak, he said. To be

comfortable, we need water reservoir levels to be between 30 to 35 percent,

he said.

Cameron County Irri-gation District No. 2 has pushed back its 60-day warning

period to farmers indefinitely. On May 8, the district told the farmers it

serves that it was going to run out of water in 60 days.

The 60-day time frame has been postponed, Dist-rict Manager Sonia Kaniger

said. There is no immediate concern The severity has been eased.

Adding to the districts water supplies was Mexicos 90,000 acre-feet water

transfer to the United States from which District 2 received 7,200 acre-feet,

Kaniger said.

She said farmers were trying to recoup their losses by using the available

water for planting high-yield crops like sugarcane instead of grain, cotton

and sorghum.

But we have very little water for the fall crops, she said.

Everyone has been very cooperative in conserving water. Unfortunately,

farmers at this point are bearing the brunt of the shortage of water.

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